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2021 Reading Goals and Plans

I usually wait until mid to late January before posting my reading plans or goals. Mainly because I'm very optimistic about my superhuman capabilities during the start of a new year but much of that enthusiasm fades over the next couple of weeks. I tend to believe I can read more than ever but reality is usually closer to how much I averaged in previous years. So, to allow myself the opportunity to dream big and then plan well, I take the ambitious goals for a road test during the first couple of weeks of the year. If they still look achievable, great! If not, I will part ways with those that are a stretch.  The numbers I have an arbitrary number set in Goodreads for this year but it's not a number I will quote as I tend to change it often and it is intended to factor in the many picture books I read with my kids. But that said, there are three numbers I would like to improve this year (last year's stats in parentheses) - total number of pages read (approx. 11k), average n

Look at what just arrived! - May 17, 2010


Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Eva @ A Striped Armchair and Marg @ Reading Adventures that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

Nothing in the mail this week, which is quite weird, since I'm expecting some books. Anyways, I visited the library a few times and that was compensation enough. I finished four of the books I picked, and am halfway through two others. Here's the bunch that I looted!


  1. Chicken with Plums by Marjane Satrapi: I hope Marjane Satrapi keeps writing graphic novels. I enjoy the humorous style in which she tells dark tragic stories. This was a brilliant read!
  2. Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman: Lovely book! CeeCee and her motley crew of characters make for one lively cast.
  3. The Lion's Game by Nelson DeMille: Aah, a John Corey book! You got to love him! This one is pretty long, and not as enjoyable as Plum Island, but John Corey's signature sarcasm keeps things lively. I'm just a quarter way in.
  4. The Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevara: I am halfway through this book and find it good. This is a journal rather than a memoir, so it has a journal's characteristics of rambling thoughts. But it is still pretty well written and I particularly enjoyed reading Che's insights into each significant event.
  5. Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli: I heard of this book only when it won the LA Times Book Prize for Graphic Novels. I wasn't particularly impressed by it, but it was definitely enjoyable.
  6. Blankets by Craig Thompson: Another book that comes strongly recommended.
  7. The Arrival by Shaun Tan: Can you imagine a story told only in pictures, with no dialogues? For such a book to be a success, the illustrator has to be a gem of a story-teller. His story should be able to express the same feelings and ideas as words would do. I finished The Arrival on Saturday, and I can assure you that this is a brilliant book!
What do you think of any of these books?

Comments

Bookventures said…
These are all great books. Happy Reading!!!
bermudaonion said…
The only one I've read is Saving CeeCee Honeycutt and I loved it! Books never come when you expect them. Happy reading!
Tales of Whimsy said…
Ooo what's the first one about?
erisian said…
is that blankets the novel or the graphic novel?

If the graphic.. hooray! i love d it.
if the standard novel, let us know how you like it... i didnt even know it existed till a week ago and am very curious
Suko said…
Wow! I'd most like to read #1, #6, and #7. I hope you enjoy them all.

Here's my mailbox: http://suko95.blogspot.com/2010/05/mailbox-monday-more-books.html